True Tails by J. H. Soeder
Approx. 61,320 words.
Published on May 20, 2011.
Winner of 5 National Book Awards, its the never-before-told story of a boy who
discovers he can “hear” the
thoughts of birds and animals—tiny insects
to the largest living creatures today, whales—and “speak” back to them with his mind. Its “tails” describe the miracle that is life, as the animals’ clearly sentient behavior in response to him and as witnessed by others.